CAMP PAPE - The new home of the 1st Brigade at Tam Ky has been named Camp Pape in ceremonies attended by honored guests, including Maj. Gen. Lloyd Ramsey, commanding general of the Americal Division and Americal Assistant commander Brig. Gen. Wallace L. Clement.
The TAM KY site was named in honor of Capt. John C. Pape, former commanding officer of B Co. 1st Bn, 501st Abn Inf, who was killed in action during operation Lamar Plain on May 18th. Gen. Ramsey termed the dedication "a tribute to a great brigade and a great soldier."
Capt. Pape had just arrived in country when he was wounded during a recon mission. His wounds were inflicted by more than 40 Claymore mine fragments and three AK-47 rounds. The captain refused amputation of his leg, a change in branch of service and evacuation to the States with a profile. Instead, he requested that he be returned to the 101st Abn Div.
After recovering from his wounds, he got his wish, becoming S-3 Air for the 2nd Brigade. Still, Pape wanted to return to the field and finally persuaded his brigade commander to give him command of a company.
He returned to the field with B Co, 1st Bn, 501st Abn Inf. Using a long wooden staff to help support his leg, Pape moved along with his company.
During the ceremony, the fallen leader was honored as "a hard man, one who set high standards for himself and his men and always achieved them."
Now, his memory lives in Camp Pape, home of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.